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Can you get chickenpox more than once? if so, how?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Unlikely to happen: There are rare cases that reflect poor immune response to the first or any varicella infection in a handful of people. There are also reports suggesting a kid with chickenpox as an infant <1yr, might get again later. In normal people, the illness confers lifelong immunity.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can you get chickenpox twice?

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Dr. David Miller
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Family Medicine 11 years experience
Not really: Typically you can only get chicken pox once. After that you can get a second type of infection from the same virus called shingles. Shingles is a painful rash that follows a nerve track along the surface of your body. The varicella vaccine can help to prevent both of these diseases.
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What is chickenpox?

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Dr. Sheldon Brownstein
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
Chicken pox: This is a common contagious virus known as varicella zoster

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